Covid-19 Still Rife in Wimbledon Despite Recent Fall in Cases

Over 1,000 people infected in the area over last week

Hospitalisations across London have started to rise
Hospitalisations across London have started to rise

The infection rate across the Wimbledon area appears to be falling but remains very high according to the latest data.

Parts of the SW19 area have infection rates of over 2,000 for the week to 28 December meaning that 2% if the population have tested positive in just seven days. The neighbourhood designated as Wimbledon Park & Durnsford Road by the Office of National Statistics has a rate of 2,019.0 whereas Wimbledon Broadway North is at 2,014.3. The Wimbledon Hill and Wimbledon Common areas have the lowest infection rates at the moment but, even there, the levels are well above the national average.

The case rate is even higher in Raynes Park where it currently 2,246.5 with 187 found to have the virus.

The number of cases has dropped significantly from the peak levels seen just before Christmas with double digit falls in most areas. However, there remains a question mark as to whether this will mark the highest rate of spread of the Omicron virus. Health professionals have pointed out that relatively few people will have taken a test on Christmas Day with most people having checked their status a few days earlier. Also a shortage of tests meant that most local pharmacies did not have kits to hand out. There are concerns that infection rates may start to rise again following increased social mixing on New Year’s Eve but anecdotally the number of people venturing out was well below previous years.

Merton currently has the seventh highest infection rate of any borough in London at 1,905 per 100,000 compared Havering which has the top rate at 2,009.

The average for London in the week to 28 December was 1,720 with 154,884 new cases. This compares with 181,508 cases and a rate of 2016 for the previous week.

Covid-19 Infection Rates in the Wimbledon Area
Area Cases to 28 December Change over last week (%) Infection Rate per 100,000

Raynes Park
(MSOA Merton 016)


Wimbledon Park & Durnsford Road
(MSOA Merton 001)


Wimbledon Broadway North
(MSOA Merton 003)


South Wimbledon
(MSOA Merton 006)


Cottenham Park
(MSOA Merton 010)


Wimbledon Broadway South
(MSOA Merton 007)


Merton Park
(MSOA Merton 015)

Wimbledon Chase
(MSOA Merton 011)

Colliers Wood
(MSOA Merton 005)


Wimbledon Common
(MSOA Merton 002)


Wimbledon Hill
(MSOA Merton 004)


Source: ONS

In England as a whole, the infection rate is 1,385 with 783,221 new cases. This compares with 618,980 cases and a rate of 1095 for the previous week

The total number of Covid-19 cases identified in London to date is 1,858,322 comprising 16.5 percent of the England total of 11,272,332 cases

On 2 January there were 3,744 Covid-19 patients in London hospitals. This compares with 2,425 patients on 26 December 2021. Over the same period the number on ventilator beds rose from 224 to 230.

On 2 January 13 people in London died following an earlier positive Covid-19 test.

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January 3, 2022